Flower Market, Columbia Road - Part II

... continuing on from the previous episode of "Flower Market, Columbia Road - Part I".

Julian stepped up and wasn't content with one flour arrangement, he wanted MORE! Well, he said that he wanted a couple of pictures to be able to give a fair picture of what the floral road had too offer. Good work Julian.

On to Londis, Columbia Road, where it was better, not much better, but better than Maks.

Londis E2 - 2

Now, you can see that Julian was drawn in to the side stacking. It caught his eye and to some it's good to see, to others they frown upon it. I don't mind. In this case, it makes there arrangement more interesting than others of a simalar size. Small point would be to have it faceing the right way round for the customer looking down upon it.

The problem with this picture is that it's not giving the full experiance. Yes, there is more McDougalls to the left, just out of shot. Never fear, our flour aficionado doesn't leave it there.

Londis E2-1

BAMM! The bigger picture! "Tidy" I hear you say. But WHAT THE FORK is that slap bang in the middle. MORE FLOUR. It's a good job the Hovis Wholemeal is bright yellow, otherwise you might have thought the bottom shelf was all they had to offer.

I don't believe in segregation like this. The wholemeal belongs with his buddies. Points lost!

Otherwise, tidy, different (plus point for being a side stacker), full. Minimal range, but we are learning that's what you get in a small store.

3/10 - segregation doesn't have a place in this site.

Thanks Julian for the Flower Flour tour.

5 comments for “Flower Market, Columbia Road - Part II”

  1. Gravatar of G. RainG. Rain
    Posted 05 November 2010 at 09:56:25

    Derek, I'm very disappointed in you.

    As the driving force behind the UKs leading FA publication, I really expected more from you.

    It's clear you're of the lastest generation of FAers, who are in it for the glory of the sport, and lack the inclination to understand the real beauty of the art.

    Please, look at that image again. What do you see? the plain and self raisining flours on the bottom shelf, alongside baked beans and stock-farmed eggs. Thjese are the arsenal of the weekend warrior, the hobbyist baker, who perhaps once or twice a year might bake some muffins, the kind of person who, celebrating his late rising at the weekend, opens up a can of beans.

    And, both physically and symbolicly above? The strong flour, the suet, the proper fresh eggs, the cornflour. In short, the tools of the real baker's craft.

    Whoever stacked these shelves was not only a poet, but also a good, decent human being, who understand and apreciates the order of things. He knows well enough to keep men's tools away from children's toys, not only out of respect, but also for safety's sake.

    This isn't an image of shelves. It's a moral instruction in how life should be lived.

    To me, it is only when we start to recognise, read and understand the subtle poetry written into our supermarket shelves that we can really call ourselves afficionados of Flour Arranging. All this focus on lines, neat shelves and colour is a good starting point, and is no doubt how the art should be first introduced to children. But it is just a starting point, a stepping stone, and if we are to grow, we must learn to look beyond the superficial appearances of our shelves, and try to understand what is being said.

    This websitew is an invaluable resource for all of us in this country. So little focus in placed on FA - schools continue to eschew the idea of introducing it to their pupils, the goverment provides no funding for us, and even the flour manufacturers doesn tseem interested in sponsorship. The work you do, Derek, is unspeakably valuabe in terms of keeping out art alive in this country.

    Please, dont let the standards fall here.

  2. Posted 20 November 2010 at 21:08:39

    Hey G.Rain,

    You are unfortunately ahead of the rest of the class. I see this blog as an introduction to flour arranging for people to understand the basic's. The clean lines, the arrangements, simple structuring.

    As with all learning, once you have mastered the basics, you should forget everything you have learnt and understand what impact the subject has the space and all around it.. ... taking it to the levels where you are already.

    Is it an idea to have a second view of the site for advanced FAers?

  3. Posted 07 September 2013 at 08:48:16

    It's clear you're of the lastest generation of FAers, who are in it for the glory of the sport, and lack the inclination to understand the real beauty of the art.

  4. Posted 12 October 2013 at 08:31:37

    The Humanities Building just traded in the 18 fluorescent cans in its lobby for Cree LED lights! Not only will the switch to LED lighting significantly bring down the school's electric bills

  5. Posted 09 January 2014 at 08:20:53

    Anyway, by the time my mum recovered from the "shelf shock", she walkie talkied my dad to bring a camera, but by the time he got there, they started filling the shelves again.

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